Books

Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba (Gainesville: Press of Florida, 2018)

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WINNER OF FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS' 2018 BRONZE MEDAL FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

WINNER 2019 INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOKS AWARD IN THE HISTORY CATEGORY


A holistic portrait of the island nation, interrelating its geography, society, politics, and culture. It weaves these threads into a narrative that begins with the first arrivals of indigenous inhabitants.  


"A splendid work of historical craftsmanship." 

Louis A. Pérez Jr.

Revolutionary Cuba: A History (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014, 2016)

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HONORABLE MENTION 2015 LATINO INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (HISTORY)


A comprehensive, interpretative synthesis of the Cuban Revolution, from Batista's 1952 coup to the present.  

    
"A remarkable achievement. The most comprehensive, synthetic, and systematic appraisal of the Cuban Revolution to date." 

Jorge Duany 

Frontiers, Plantations & Walled Cities (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010)

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Composed of seven pioneering articles and essays, this book provides key pieces to solving the puzzle of the Hispanic Caribbean's fascinating and convulsed history.  

"This is a useful addition to comparative studies of the Caribbean and should provide food for thought for any student of the Caribbean."
Bulletin of Latin American Research

Protestantism and Political Conflict in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Caribbean (Rutgers UP, 2002)

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A comparative study of the emergence of Protestantism in the nineteenth-century Hispanic Caribbean.

"[This] is a substantial study and is bound to become the standard source in the field."  

 H-Net Review 

Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean (NY: Routledge, 1998, 2014).

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A study of culture and society in mid-nineteenth century Havana, including slavery and the slave trade, gender relations and daily life.


"Luis Martínez-Fernández has the rare virtue of reconciling both the analytical incisiveness of a mature historian and the sweeping breath of an impassioned storyteller." 
Antonio Benítez-Rojo

Torn between Empires (Athens: University of Georgia Press: 1994, 2013).

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This in-depth comparative study focuses on the economy, society and political cultures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic in the middle decades of the nineteenth century.

"There exist few works as useful or as comprehensive as this study."
Louis A. Pérez Jr.

Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture (Westport: Greenwood, 2003).

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WINNER OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST REFERENCE

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S BEST OF REFERENCE 

BOOKLIST EDITORS" CHOICE

"The two-volume encyclopedia is an exhaustive source of information on Cuba with more than 700 entries from more than 80 internationally recognized experts."
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The Island of Cuba by Alexander von Humboldt (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 2001).

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WINNER OF THE LYDIA CABRERA AWARD


Cubans celebrate Humboldt as the second “discoverer” of the island  (after Columbus). The Spanish version of his book on Cuba was banned on the island, and J.S Thrasher's 1854 English translation created an international controversy because of Thrasher’s open call for US annexation of Cuba and his purposeful deletion of a chapter in which Humboldt criticized slavery.


Luis Martínez-Fernández provides an introduction that contextualizes the publication history of Humboldt’s book.


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